2013 Wild Thing Old Vines Zinfandel

Appelation: Mendocino County

Varietal: 80% old vine Zinfandel, 14% old vine Carignane, 5% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet

Tasting Notes: Aromas of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit combine with a beautiful hint of vanilla-oak loveliness, smoothly textured in mouth, very creamy and round, the finish is long and has lush jammy fruit - this wine is dangerously good! Remember - you are what you drink...

Winemaker Notes: Old Vine Mendocino Zinfandel is a treasure. Grown on the benchlands and slopes of mountainsides - this wild-looking old vine Zinfandel offers fruit that winemaker Carol Shelton, with her 35+ years of experience and creativity, has transformed into a wine that is concentrated yet soft, creamy and full of flavor. Our Wild Thing Zinfandel was named for the wild-looking vines and also for the uninoculated, or "wild," yeast ferment that was used to create it. It takes a lot of effort to tame this wild fruit, but it is worth all the trouble.

Fermentation Characteristics:
Uninoculated "WILD" yeast fermentation, which took 5 days to start (cold soak!) for total of 16 days on skins. Delestaged (pronounced del-ess-TAHJd) three times before 12 Brix.

Cellar Storage/Aging:
10 months in a mix of American and French barrels - 20% were new

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast, December 2015
89 Points-Wine Spectator, May 2015
GOLD Medal-2015 Winemaker's Challenge
GOLD Medal-2015 North of the Gate Wine Competition
GOLD Medal-2015 Monterey Wine Competition
GOLD Medal-2015 Taster's Guild Wine Competition
GOLD Medal-2015 Zin Challenge Alameda County
GOLD Medal -2015 Long Beach Grand Cru

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